Trading Standards officers routinely check the accuracy of scales, spirit measuring instruments, petrol pumps and other weights and measures equipment used by businesses.
Almost all goods today are sold by some reference to quantity- either it's weight or measure, whether by the pint, litre, gramme or metre. This includes everyday items such as bread, petrol, beer, clothing material, sand or virtually anything else you can think of. Trading Standards enforce a complex set of regulations designed to ensure that the public and businesses can have confidence in their purchases and ensures fair competition.
This is done by:
- Verifying that weighing and measuring equipment is initially accurate
- Routinely visiting businesses and checking weighing and measuring equipment
- Checking products already in the shops
- Checking products when they are being manufactured or imported
- Investigating complaints of short measure
So, Inspectors of Weights and Measures (or Trading Standards Officers as they are more commonly known) visit trade premises and carry out inspections and verification of weighing and measuring equipment. Examples include weighing machines, weighbridges, weights, petrol pumps, spirit measuring instruments, wine and beer glasses and metre measures to name some common examples. Prepacked goods, breads, textiles etc., are tested to ensure correct weight or measure.
The Service is also involved in the checks and tests on water meters for accuracy at the local factory.
If you think you have received short measure from a business in Luton, would like further information or an information pack, please contact us.